Griffin: Thumbs up from doctors

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Blake Griffin says he "feels good" after undergoing surgery last week to remove a staph infection in his right elbow.

"It feels better," Griffin said Wednesday in his first meeting with the media since the surgery. "I saw the doctor yesterday and got some good news. Everything's either on track or looking better than it was. Still don't really know a great timetable, but I'm happy with how it feels."

Griffin, who sat out Sunday's All-Star Game and did not travel to New York last weekend after being elected a starter by fans, said doctors were able to clear out the entire infection during the surgery Monday, and that there haven't been any indications of setback since.

The next step, if things proceed accordingly, is for the stitches in his elbow to be removed next Tuesday, at which point Griffin's doctors can again reassess his progress.

"I honestly don't know the timetable to be honest," he said. "I just go by what [the doctor] says. He said it looks good."

The 25-year-old forward could miss up to six weeks, multiple sources told ESPN at the time of the injury.

"I haven't been able to do anything," he said. "I can't sweat. So, I haven't done a thing."

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers dismissed the idea that the team would look to the trade market more because of Griffin's injury. The trade deadline is 3 p.m. ET on Thursday.

"We'll never do a trade because the guy is injured and you're going to get him back," Rivers said. "That's short-term thinking and that's poor thinking. That'll never happen."

Griffin has dealt with bursitis in his right elbow throughout his career and has it drained routinely through the course of the season. But he noticed a difference after having the procedure performed Feb. 2, before the Clippers' game at the Brooklyn Nets.

"Couple days later, I started feeling something in my elbow," Griffin said. "I got sick at the same time but didn't really put the two together. But, I mean, I've gotten my elbow drained 20 times in my life and never had a problem. So I didn't really think a lot of it.

"And then Thursday, I think, before the Cleveland game is when it was really giving me a lot of problems. And then after the game in Cleveland, I couldn't extend my arm without pain. I didn't think I was going to be able to play in Toronto so I think over that 24-hour span that's when I knew something was really wrong."

The hope is that, as a result of the surgery, Griffin's chronic issues with the right bursa sac will be a thing of the past and he won't have to deal with bursitis again.

Griffin is averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and a career-high 5.1 assists per game this season.